Mary Simon

Obituary of Mary T. Simon

Mary Theresa Simon (nee Gillon) passed away peacefully on May 27, 2021. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years Cyril E. Simon who she missed dearly. She was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Warminster. She was the daughter of Michael and Margaret (McAneney) McGillion who emigrated here from County Tyrone, Ireland. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Simon, and her husband Jim Saraceni and Kathleen Dutill and her husband, Brian. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Joseph, Meghan & Thomas Dutill, her sister Anne Upham (Pat) and sister-in-law Margaret Mary Gillon and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Gillon, and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sally (late Vincent) Lafferty, Peggy (late Jack) Fagan. She attended Warminster Elementary School and went on to graduate from Hatboro High School, Class of 1947. Following her graduation from high school she worked in various accounts payable positions, including Philco Ford. After staying home to raise a family, she returned to work until her retirement from AARP Pharmacy. She was quiet until she got to know you and had a great love of life, family and anything Irish. Her Catholic faith was very important to her. As a young child she helped her family take care of the Catholic Chapel in Warminster. Her family was a founding member of Nativity of our Lord Parish. She was an active member of St John Bosco parish for over 50 years. Over the years, she made many calls to the Carmelite Convent in Philadelphia asking the sisters to pray for her intentions. In her free time, she enjoyed spending time with her family and drinking countless cups of tea, taking family vacations, including trips to the Jersey Shore, and gardening. Her love of gardening was instilled at an early age by her parents who planted lots of corn, potatoes and tomatoes on her family's property in addition to raising various farm animals including sheep. She was a gifted seamstress and made outfits and prom dresses for her 3 younger sisters. The best part of Thanksgiving was her unforgettable pumpkin pie. In her final days, rather than focus on herself, she spent time imparting her words of wisdom and expressing love for her family. Relatives and Friends may greet the family on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 9:30-10:30 A.M. at St John Bosco Church, 235 E. County Line Rd, Hatboro, PA. 19040. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at10:30A.M. Interment will follow at St John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA 18914In lieu of flowers the family would request donations in Mary's name to the Carmelite Monastery of Philadelphia, Carmel of St Joseph and St Anne, 1400 66th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19126 or to the Little Sisters of the Poor.